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Research Guides

Eastern Washington University Libraries

Philosophy 321: History of Modern Western Philosophy

Restrictions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The JFK Library is open for Lobby Services. Service hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Onsite services include:

  • Pick up library materials (e.g., books and DVDs) by appointment: The ordering of physical materials from EWU, Summit & ILL [] have resumed.
  • Pick up student tech fee equipment (laptops, etc.) by appointment.
  • Return materials and equipment
  • JFK Study Hall: study space available Monday-Thurs. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday.*Library services end at 5 p.m.
  • Scanning and Wepa printing
  • Thomas Hammer coffee shop is open for to-go orders Service hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

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Find Books, Videos

Having problems requesting items via Summit? Please contact the JFK Circulation Department at 509.359.7888, or, or in person on the Main Level.

Translations of Philosopher's Texts

If you're looking for translations of philosopher's works, then see the Past Masters database.  It has the full-text of select works.


*Note: The most efficient way to find eBooks is to do a keyword search in the library catalog.  Please limit your search to EWU, then limit by Material Type eBooks.  EWU affiliated patrons can use their single sign on to access eBooks from anywhere.  If you want more help on these eBook collections, then see our eBooks research guide.

Other eBook Collections Available During the COVID-19 Situation

These free resources are temporarily provided by vendors until June 30, 2020.

Histories & Guidebooks

If you want to find histories of philosophy, Routledge has published such a series.  To find it, do a title search in the catalog for the following: Routledge history of philosophy.  There are multiple volumes that start with the ancient Greek philosophers and progress chronologically to the 20th century.

Routledge also has guidebooks to philosophy.  You can do a title search in the catalog: Routledge philosophy guidebook.  The results will show you all of the ones available.  If you'd like to limit down to a particular philosopher or topic, then simply enter that person or topic into the keyword box and redo the search.

Example:  Routledge philosophy guidebook (title) AND Descartes (keyword) = 1 result (Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Descartes and the Meditations).

Finding Books by Call Number

Call #           Subject

B                  Philosophy (General)
BC               Logic
BD               Speculative philosophy
BF                Psychology
BH               Aesthetics
BJ                Ethics